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The Lost Squadron (1932)

Passed  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  12 March 1932 (USA)
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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.



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In hard times just after World War I, three ex-fighter pilots manage to land jobs as Hollywood stunt fliers working for dictatorial director Von Furst.

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Release Date:

12 March 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Vier  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.19 : 1
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Although this was a solid hit, it actually lost $125,000 for the studio. See more »


At the start, during the aerial dog fight, the front aiming machine guns fire too quickly for the bullets to pass through the propellers. See more »


Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1998) See more »


La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Strains played during the opening credits
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The Last Word In Realism
23 September 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Lost Squadron concerns four men who are the last of a squadron of aviators from World War I, pilots Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong, and Joel McCrea and their orderly Hugh Herbert. The war is over now, but flying is what they know and love. They now make a living doing stunt flying for the movies, recreating some of the dangers they went through in the war for war films.

That can be as dangerous if not more dangerous when you are working for a director like Erich Von Stroheim who wants his films to be the last word in realism. And things get real tense on the set when Von Stroheim discovers that his wife Mary Astor still has a thing for Dix.

I won't go on any further except that but for Von Stroheim everyone behaves gallantly. It's what terribly dates this film. If it were done today the characters would be far more cynical and probably come up with a creative way to deal with their tyrannical director.

Von Stroheim is the best thing about The Lost Squadron he pulls all the stops out in doing his terrible Teuton. If Von Stroheim was the man folks went to the movies in order to love to hate him, this film will send many into orgasms.

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